If God is for us who can be against us?
What, then, shall we say in response to this?If God is for us, who can be against us?He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all–how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns?Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?–Romans 8:31-35.
“For the most part life is filled with uncertainty. We cannot only be confident of a few things in the world. Paul ends this powerful section of Romans with a comforting list of promises that believers can embrace in good times and in bad. We can be confident that God has no worthy opponent. We can be confident that our imputed righteousness precludes any legitimate accusations against our souls. We can be confident that Christ’s sacrifice has earned us an irreversible verdict of innocence.”–Rev. Jeff Miller.
As we stand at the threshold of the new year, we may have our doubts and our fears. Ambivalently, we may ask,”What will the new year bring, how will we cope?”
In the above text, the apostle gives us words of comfort. This is not only good for going forward in the new year, but assurance for life.
Christ is on our side. Therefore, as we go forward in life, let us be aware that we do not stand alone. God is with us. According to the text,”. . . who can be against us?”
There is no need to fear our enemies or life itself. As Christians, God will not prevent us from experiencing the setbacks of life, but He will give us the strength and ability to stand up to them.
We live to God not man. Therefore, we do not need to fear what humankind may think, say or bring against us. Yes!The agents of Satan will come against us vigorously. They may ridicule us and make us feel defeated. However, with our eyes focused on the cross of Jesus Christ, we do not have any reason to doubt God.
Some may tell you that when you are a Christian, you will not experience setbacks in life. They are wrong. We will get sick; we will lose our jobs; we will have family problems; we will experience the death of our loved ones. Life will beat us up.
What the apostle is saying is God in Christ will be there at our side and give us the strength to endure and cope with life’s problems. Nothing in life can intervene with God’s care for us. This world’s problems may cause us pain and sometimes cause us to question our faith and ultimately question whether God is with us.
No!The disasters of life, nothing can cast us away from the love of Christ. He is our God. He will remain faithful to us. Not even the angels in heaven can separate us from the love(of)Christ. There are no powers, or forces, which can intervene.
We do not know what 2011 holds for us. There will be times when we will feel like we are carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. There will be times when we will not see a light at the end of the tunnel. There will be times when our children will disappoint and hurt us. There will be hurtful times when we think we are going down and there is no hope.
Remember, we have Christ Jesus who puts His arms around us. He gave His life for us and He promised to be with us even to the very end of the age. He will go with us in this new year. Paul assures us,”If God is for us, who can be against us?”Amen.
Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: [email protected], Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.